Jeff Passan joins Buster to dive into the weeds on the MLBPA's return-to-play proposal sent to the owners (4:09). The guys discuss what the reaction will be from the owners, deferrals as a fig leaf from the players, at-risk players sitting out and still getting paid, doomsday scenarios for baseball, and the key figures that could lead the sides to a middle ground. Plus, Sarah Langs home run chase of '98 and the 17 pitchers that allowed home runs to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa (32:00).
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Andre Dawson's second act differs dramatically from his days on the baseball field. The former Cubs and Expos star is the owner of a funeral parlor that, like the rest of the world, is grappling with grief and uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Cubs and Indians both had a chance to end their Fall Classic curses in 2016, but only one of them could win.
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season.
A scout's all-time great gamble. A future Hall of Famer failing in the biggest moment in Series history. Sam Miller shows there's a lot more to the Fall Classic than MVPs.
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"There's going to be a little bit of a new normal for being a sports fan" & social distancing's a must, says Chi. Pub. Health Commssr. Dr. Allison Arwady of MLB/other restarts. "That probably means not traveling along with your team, not getting together in your bar, not doing a lot of the things that make sports in our pre-COVID experience fully the experience they are, but I still think it'll be worth it." Re: MLB, see: https://twitter.com/TJQuinnESPN/status/1262778863052087306?s=20
A memo given to the MLBPA by Major League Baseball says playing an 82-game season without fans would result in an estimated $4 billion loss, even with prorated salaries.
Charles Barkley joins Buster to talk about why hitting a pitch is the most difficult thing to do in sports, being starstruck by Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, calling Mike Trout and Patrick Ewing after he got his coronavirus test results, Tim Kurkjian's basketball skills, going to Auburn the same time as Bo Jackson, people not understanding how hard it is to win, and his love for Max Scherzer (16:56). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on Blake Snell's comments, who he projects to be the top three picks in the draft and the prospect of scouts being laid off after the draft (5:11).
Dan Shulman talks to Buster about calling play-by-play for big baseball moments. The guys discuss the air being sucked out of Wrigley in the Bartman game, calling Sunday Night Baseball when Osama Bin Laden was killed, David Freese's heroic World Series game six, the good and the bad of the Jose Bautista bat flip game, and being stuck in an elevator when Joe Carter won the World Series (17:57). Plus, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers on the players' reaction the MLB's proposed plan to play, and the current animosity between players and owners as this is sorted out (2:20).
Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti talks to Buster about how CC Sabathia nearly landed with the Dodgers, trading for Andrew Miller, how the 9th inning of game seven in 2016 World Series was nearly postponed to the next night and the first time he saw Francisco Lindor (10:04). Plus, Sarah Langs on that game seven and the Cubs' shifting win probability throughout (4:31).
We break down the groundbreaking performances of the 2000s, featuring stars from Big Papi and Joey Bats to JV, Kershaw and the Freak.
The numbers and star power are staggering. McGwire and Sosa. Bonds, Griffey and A-Rod. Pedro, Maddux and the Big Unit. And that's just scratching the surface.
130 steals! The original 40/40 season. These were the player performances that defined an unforgettable decade of baseball.
The coronavirus pandemic has put on hold contract-extension talks between All-Star shortstop Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs.